Luc Besson is an optimist at heart. That defining trait accounts for the candy-colored, utopian vision of the
future depicted in the French director's "Valerian and the City of a Thousand
Coming hot on the heels of recent disappointing "women-behaving-badly"
comedies "Snatched" and "Rough Night," "Girls Trip" succeeds in showing those
films how it's done. The movie gives its audience the raucous comedy and
heartfelt emotion that those films promised, but only sporadically delivered.
Christopher Nolan is sometimes accused of being a cold
filmmaker. It's a side effect of his chilly aesthetic, although anyone who's
seen "Interstellar" knows Nolan can crank up the emotion when he wants to.
It seems appropriate that I heard news of director George
Romero's passing while leaving a showing of "War for the Planet of the Apes." Romero was a master at using genre filmmaking as a lens through which to
explore social issues like civil rights, consumerism, militarism, and
Wonderful performances from Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke
distract from some storytelling shortcomings in "Maudie," a gentle biopic of
Nova Scotian folk artist Maud Lewis. The film opens in the 1930's rural village
where Maud (Hawkins) lives with an overbearing aunt, after her family decided
the arthritic Maud would be unable to take care of herself on her own.
Writer and director David Lowery's
"A Ghost Story" is bound to be one of the more divisive films to be released
this year. It tells the melancholy tale of life and death, as experienced by a married
couple played by Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.
An affectionate ode to screwball and silent film-era comedy,
"Lost in Paris" springs from the minds of Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, a
Brussels-based husband-and-wife burlesque duo. Tackling writing, directing, and
starring duties, the pair turn a bittersweet romantic fable into an
irresistibly charming slapstick confection.
The Italian Film Series has premiered a contemporary Italian film each month since April at The Little Theatre. These one-time-only screenings are dedicated to showing off the breadth of the country's modern cinematic offerings, and Rochester audiences get a chance to view films that might otherwise have never made it to local theaters.
With three different live-action iterations of the web-slinging hero appearing across six different films over the span of the last 15 years, it was hard to work up enthusiasm for another. But fresh characterizations and an appealing cast set the new Spider-Man film apart.
That the Catholic League decided to issue an official condemnation of this wacked-out story of three horny medieval nuns immediately after its
Sundance premiere should tell you everything you need to know about Jeff Baena's gleefully obscene comedy.